Leak on Highway 166 Slated for Road Work

The in basket: Don Brandvold wrote in March to say, “On Highway 166 in the middle of the road in front of Dockside marina I have noticed a leak that has been there for the last 5 years.
The reason it jogged my memory was that the weather was so cold a couple of weeks ago that the water had frozen as it ran across the road. Water can be seen slowly running across the road there all year around.
I was wondering if this will ever be repaired, and who needs to repair it, the county or state?


The in basket: Don Brandvold wrote in March to say, “On Highway 166 in the middle of the road in front of Dockside marina I have noticed a leak that has been there for the last 5 years.
The reason it jogged my memory was that the weather was so cold a couple of weeks ago that the water had frozen as it ran across the road. Water can be seen slowly running across the road there all year around.
I was wondering if this will ever be repaired, and who needs to repair it, the county or state?
The out basket: I expected this to be comparable to the water that leaks out of an adjoining embankments and occasionally crosses the southbound lanes in Gorst, Mile Hill Drive just uphill from the Port Orchard roundabout and some other places.
But as I’ve looked at it over the past two months, I realized that it’s unique, in that the water doesn’t run out onto the pavement, it seeps up through it. The wet spot begins in the middle of the eastbound lane.
Frank Allen, supervisor for local maintenance for state highways, (it’s a state highway), writes, ” Heavy rainfall saturated the hillside this past winter resulting in water pumping up through breaks in the pavement. Water will seek out the path of least resistance.
“The next overlay in this area we will have to install some type of drain to relieve the pressure.
“It should dry out this summer. The only time it is a concern is during winter and a possible freeze.”
That next overlay is planned for next year, and will repave Highway 166 from it’s intersection with Highway 16 in Gorst to Blackjack Creek at Westbay in Port Orchard.

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